We use adverbs when we want to modify any word that comes after – a verb, adjective, sentence, and other adverbs.
With so many adverbs to choose from, a fair number of adverbs begin with the letter G.
This article will focus on the “G” adverbs and show you their correct uses through appropriate examples.
The Most Common Adverbs That Start with the Letter G
The adverb gainfully focuses on behaving in a way that provides monetary or any other success.
When we say someone is gainful or acts gainfully, they have something to achieve through their actions.
“She was gainfully employed.” or “He keeps his lawyers gainfully employed through all of the divorces.”
The usage of the adverb is not limited to only money.
“She left the meeting feeling like it was finished gainfully.”
The woman gained some new information, asset, or anything of the sort during the three hours, so the meeting was successful in her eyes.
Some of the common synonyms are profitable, advantageous, and beneficially.
When we define someone as gallant, we mean they are heroic, gentleman-like, or brave.
“The soldiers fought gallantly for their country.”
“She gallantly struggled to open the jar.”
The soldiers fought bravely in the dangerous war, never losing hope.
If we wish to paint someone as a gentleman, especially toward women, we can say:
“He gallantly kissed the back of her hand.” or “He gallantly held the door for her.”
The man is recognized as a polite and kind gentleman by his manners.
But the adverb does not have a positive meaning every time, as we can reprehend someone’s rude or ignorant behavior.
“Tom and Adam did not hold themselves gallantly.”
The men in question did not behave politely or noble-minded in the given situation.
If we talk about something without any clear distinction and regard to anything particular, we use the adverb generally.
“He was interested in sharks generally.” or “She was generally good at sports.”
The adverb is in close usage with its synonym usually. Other synonyms are mostly, overall, and basically.
“Your health is generally good.” but we can also say, “Your health is usually good.”
The meaning does not change drastically, as the first sentence says how the man’s health is mostly good.
The adverb generally comments on the man’s health as a whole rather than just a particular part.
Meanwhile, the second suggests that his health has been through some minor changes, but it is still pretty good.
We can also use the adverb to say that something happens sometimes but not all the time.
“As men, we generally say and think too much about this topic.”
Generous people are ready to do or give something if necessary, and they do not find a problem sharing with others, especially money, gifts, or anything similar.
When we use the adverb generously, we explain these kinds of people for their readiness to help someone else.
“She donated generously to the hospital each year.” or “He behaved generously and would not allow me to pay for dinner.”
Some of the synonyms are liberal, bountiful, and open-minded – all explaining the willingness of people to give money, help, or show kindness to others.
But we can use the adverb to show that something or someone provides more than is necessary.
“Her dress was generously cut.”
The seamstress used more material than necessary to cut and sew her dress.
“The food was generously seasoned with various seasons.”
The cook probably used more seasons than salt and pepper to season food, so the food tastes better.
Continuing with positive adverbs, the next one shows the tender and kind manner in which someone behaves.
“He gently caressed her cheek.” or “Gently pat your face dry.”
In this example, the man acted mildly and gently toward the girl, softly touching her cheek without any weight or force.
This way of acting lacks aggressiveness, rudeness, roughness, and anger.
But the adverb is used to explain something that is not extreme and rather moderate.
“The tiger walked gently downward, barely audible.”
“Jasmine has a strong voice, but she knows how to sing more gently too.”
To gradually build up the tempo or speed of something, we use:
“She began gently rolling her hips before picking up the pace.”
“Push the clutch before starting your car, and after gently let it go.”
If someone feels pleasure from their good luck, we can say that he acts or behaves in a gloating manner or gloatingly.
The person feels better or happy to see another person miserable or unsuccessful.
This adverb only has negative connotations as it is considered a flaw rather than a virtue.
“She looked at her colleagues gloatingly, knowing she got the pay raise.”
“Joan is listening, but she is smiling gloatingly at Anne for making a mistake.”
In this example, Joan has ill intentions towards Anne, as she feels glad for her mistake.
The synonyms for the adjective gloating are crowing, glee, elation, glory, and happiness, or synonyms for delight over someone else’s mishap or misery.
Contrary to the previous adverb, gloriously explains someone or something worthy of fame, success, or admiration.
Some synonyms often used are wonderfully, enjoyably, delightfully, greatly, honorably, and fortunately.
“Her team managed to win gloriously after the last defeat.”
“He managed to succeed gloriously where the rest unfortunately failed.”
The adverb explains the mood of someone who feels happy and excited for various reasons.
“Lisa felt gloriously happy during those few fleeting moments.”
The adverb stands next to the adjective and further enhances its meaning.
Lisa felt happy, but something gave her so much pleasure that her happiness was also glorious.
“A gloriously restored 15th-century church.”
The church was restored divinely, and it stands beautifully.
Examples that emphasize how something is pleasant and beautiful:
“The book is gloriously written and illustrated.”
“We had a picnic under a gloriously blue sky.”
The adverb guiltily is not used often, but it explains when someone feels awful due to their offensive actions.
Guiltily shows that we might feel ashamed because we did something wrong, morally or generally, or something we should not have done.
“The puppy watched guiltily as its owner picked up the broken vase.”
“She guiltily blushed as she spoke.”
The girl in question could not hide how ashamed she felt, and the guilt was evident on her face.
The notion does not limit only our feelings towards some wrongful action but can also represent how we might feel towards ourselves for our mishaps.
“She thought guiltily of all the money she had been spending on new shoes.”
You might have seen the adverb gushingly in literature, as it is a popular piece to express a positive, almost exhilarating feeling towards something or someone.
“She screamed gushingly at the sight of her favorite artist.”
But too much enthusiasm sometimes might not seem sincere.
“He spoke gushingly of his colleagues who had helped him finish the assignment.”
“Sara insists on being gushingly in love with her ex-boyfriend.”
“Love letters can be gushingly romantic.”
Other Adverbs Starting with the Letter G